7. “Plastic Fantastic Lover”
Jefferson Airplane (1967)
Marty Balin’s lyrics are a bit purple — “The electrical dust is starting to rust / Her trapezoid thermometer taste” — but that’s what you want in a 1960s psychedelic take on TV as a soul-sucking partner. Some speculate that “Plastic Fantastic Lover” is about a stereo system, or a sex toy; and those valid interpretations add to the meanings and scope of the song. But Balin once said the lyrics were about TV, and the final lines drive that meaning home: “All I see is draining me / On my plastic fantastic lover.”
Pictured: Jefferson Airplane members in San Francisco, August 3, 1968, from left: Spencer Dryden, Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, and Jack Casady.